The New York Times just won’t quit its dishonest COVID fearmongering

When will our state and metropolis officers, and supposedly goal media watchdogs, name out The New York Times for its day by day, patently false “Covid-19 risk in your area” tally for New York City?

We first called attention to the Times’ blatant fear-mongering three months in the past, nevertheless it’s solely gotten extra obnoxiously alarmist since then, even because the vaccines clearly have the virus on the run.

The Times’ hysterical, out-of-date claims of “very high risk” within the Big Apple are prominently featured daily close to the highest of the paper’s on-line residence web page. (It’s normally below the header “Covid-19 risk in your area.”) It persists in Orwellian-scale falsehoods regardless of the swelling tide of progress that’s evident to any New Yorker capable of learn.

The info are these: Our day by day positivity price has fallen from almost 9 p.c in February to lows unseen since October — 2.01 p.c as of May 8 and falling, as per metropolis Department of Health information. The state discovered a scant 1.29 p.c for the 5 boroughs (town and state use totally different methodologies to provide you with their numbers).

Confirmed new instances averaged 1,337 day by day over the previous 28 days, however solely 704 prior to now seven days, in keeping with town DOH — an epic enchancment. Hospitalizations fell from 137 a day to 66. Confirmed deaths fell from 34 to 23.

New York's state data says NYC's COVID positivity rate has dipped below 2 percent.
New York’s state information says NYC’s COVID positivity price has dipped beneath 2 p.c.
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The affect of vaccinations has been so profound, and apparent, that even snail-pace reopener Gov. Andrew Cuomo is accelerating the lifting of restrictions on indoor and out of doors gatherings. Broadway’s on track to reopen in September, eating places have reopened bar service, and sports activities stadiums will quickly be restriction-free for vaccinated attendees.

Would he do this if there have been “very high Covid-19 transmission in New York City,” as the Times claims?

In truth, transmission citywide may be very low and has been falling for months.

People wait at a mobile rapid testing site offering PCR and antibody tests.
People wait at a cellular fast testing web site providing PCR and antibody exams.
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When the essential metric often known as Rt, or transmission price, falls beneath 1.0, it means in plain English that viral unfold is DECREASING. The present Rt is 0.79, which means that contaminated folks will move the virus to 21 p.c fewer uninfected folks. Why is the Times allowed to get away with its two-plus-two-equals-five propaganda?

Again, the Times: “Cases have decreased over the past week but are still very high.”

Missing-context alert: Confirmed and possible new instances have decreased not merely over the previous week, however since Jan. 7 — 4 months in the past — after they peaked at 6,442. The complete was all the way down to 748 on May 6, and solely a idiot would wager towards additional decline.

“January 2021 was the worst month for [new] cases” within the metropolis, the Times says.

Huh? How might January presumably have been worse than March and April 2020, when hospitals have been overwhelmed and 800 folks died in a single single day? Simple: testing was sparse within the pandemic’s early section, whereas it’s now obtainable on nearly each block.

Broadway shows are set to restart later this year for the first time since last March.
Broadway exhibits are set to restart later this 12 months for the primary time since final March.
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New infections within the spring of 2020 have been possible many greater than throughout this previous January — however there was no method to rely them again then. In truth, case-counting didn’t even begin till the tail finish of March 2020.  

The Times continues to supply useful tricks to “protect yourself and others” from town’s nonexistent “very high” transmission. Right out of the March 2020 lockdown rulebook, they embrace: “Indoor activities are very dangerous right now” — e.g., indoor eating, bars, gyms and film theaters. Grocery-shopping journeys must be “as short as possible” and must be prevented altogether in favor of supply and curbside pickup.

Andrew Cuomo has slowly lifted COVID restrictions.
Andrew Cuomo has slowly lifted COVID restrictions.
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Get actual! 

Only prior to now few weeks did the Times amend its draconian options to state that they apply to unvaccinated folks. Those who’re vaccinated can observe looser CDC tips. Wow, absolutely vaccinated grandparents can go to their wholesome unvaccinated kids and grandchildren!

People receive a COVID-19 vaccination shot at the Broadway Junction subway station in Brooklyn on May 12, 2021.
Over 60 p.c of NY adults have acquired a minimum of one dose of the COVID vaccine.
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But by the point a reader will get that far, she or he will likely be too terrified to depart the home. Which could be the objective of a paper that’s transparently nostalgic for final 12 months’s lockdown hell.

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